University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

Project Areas

PDF: California 4-H Project List
Spanish PDF: California 4-H Project List (Spanish)

All of our 4-H Programs - Clubs, Camps, Military Partnerships, School/Afterschool Programs - offer projects in the following areas: 

Food & nutrition, exercise, mindfulness
Food & nutrition, exercise, mindfulness

nutrition, physical health, safety, mental health

agriculture and life sciences, family and consumer resource management, environmental education, technology, engineering

Service learning, community service, government
Service learning, community service, government

civic awareness, community service, service-learning, leadership, global citizenship

club officer roles, presentations, leadership conferences and trainings


Project-Based Learning

How does 4-H light your spark

Each year, a 4-H member enrolls in at least one project. Members participating for the first time may be encouraged to take on only one or two projects. As members gain experience, the size or depth of the project may increase or additional projects may be selected. Some project groups meet once a week, while others might meet once or twice a month. The purpose of these meetings is to guide the members in gaining knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits needed to successfully navigate educational and professional pursuits, and their role as citizens in a complex world.

A 4-H project is:

  • Planned work in an area of interest to the 4-H member.
  • Guided by a 4-H adult volunteer who is the project leader.
  • Aimed at planned objectives that can be attained and measured.
  • Summarized by some form of record keeping.
  • A minimum of six hours of project instruction.

Projects help 4-H members find and nurture their spark.

Sparks are what help youth see the potential within themselves. Sparking the inner passions, interests and talents of young people that inspire them on the path to thriving is central to youth development work.

If your spark is...

You might be interested in…

How things work

Robotics, Computers, Small Engines, Rocketry, GIS/GPS…

Making a difference in the community

Child Development, Leadership, Community Service, Public Speaking…

Getting fit, staying healthy

Fitness and Sports, Food and Nutrition, Health, Cooking...

Animals and how to care for them

Birds, Cattle, Dogs, Goats, Rabbits, Pigs…

Singing, dancing, painting, pottery

Dance, Photography, Theater Arts, Graphic Arts, Clay Arts…

Shooting sports, hunting

Archery, Rifle, Pistol, Muzzle…

Clothing, interior design, shopping

Textiles, Fashion Revue, Consumer Education…

Gardening, landscaping, farming

Junior Master Gardener, Horticulture, Mini-gardens…

Hiking, nature, the environment

Camping, Astronomy, Fishing, Forestry, Oceanography…

...and much more!

Project availability varies by county and club.

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